Hundreds March In Reenactment Of A Historic, But Long Forgotten Slave Rebellion
Added 11-09-19 09:06:03pm EST - “Artist Dread Scott organized the 26-mile trek to New Orleans as a tribute to the men and women who protested their enslavement in the German Coast Uprising of 1811 by re-imagining a different outcome.” - Npr.org
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Volunteers participate in a reenactment of what is thought to be the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history in LaPlace, La., on Friday. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption
Volunteers participate in a reenactment of what is thought to be the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history in LaPlace, La., on Friday.
More than 200 years ago, in January of 1811, a group of enslaved people on a plantation on the outskirts of New Orleans rose up, armed themselves and began a long march toward the city. Hundreds would join them along the way. Their goal: to free every slave they found and then seize the Crescent City.
The rebellion came to be known as the German Coast Uprising and it's believed to be the largest slave rebellion in United States history. This weekend, hundreds of African Americans gathered in the streets of Louisiana to recreate the event, long an overlooked chapter in the story of America.
On Friday, under the direction of the New York artist Dread Scott, some 500 volunteers dressed in period-era garb to begin a two-day, 26-mile march upriver to New Orleans.
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